Hamsters and guinea pigs are a great alternative to dogs or cats in terms of having a new pet. They can provide hours of entertainment, can be trained and sometimes walked on a special type of leash.
The supplies necessary to raise a healthy guinea pig or hamster are readily available from The Mercantile. First, you will need a cage. Be careful to choose one in which the animal cannot gnaw through. Second, pick something to go on the floor of the cage such as wood shavings. Some people use cedar shavings, but pine shavings may be a better choice since it is non toxic.
Now comes the fun part. Toys and treats for the new pet hamster or guinea pig are necessary to keep the animal entertained. There are many types of toys available from the running wheel to the see-through ball in which the hamster can be placed in order to run around, contained but not in the cage.
You will have hours of fun with your new pet. If you have questions about the necessary pet supplies to keep your pet healthy and happy, stop by The Mercantile where a staff member can help you with all your pet care needs.